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Can I still do humira (adalimumab) shots if I have had skin cancer recently?

Can I still do humira (adalimumab) shots if I have had skin cancer recently?

Yes: Humira (adalimumab) is associated with an increased incident of infections. You must be TB test negative and a negative screening test for heapatitis. There is a small long term risk of congestive heart failure, neurological problems and rarely lymphoma. Transplant drugs , not biologics are linked to increases risk of skin cancer after 5 years of use. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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I just went through cancer in 2010 and I have now been cancer free for a year. I was wondering if i could get a tattoo? I i went through chemotherapy and radiation and have wanted to get a tattoo for awhile but did not know since i had cancer and went thr

I just went through cancer in 2010 and I have now been cancer free for a year. I was wondering if i could get a tattoo? I i went through chemotherapy and radiation and have wanted to get a tattoo for awhile but did not know since i had cancer and went thr

Yes: Your question got cut off, but as long as you are not on any immunosuppressives (for gvhd after a bone marrow transplant, for example), you are ok to get a tattoo from a reputable artist that takes the necessary infectious disease risk precautions. You will not be at any increased risk compared to someone getting a tattoo who doesn't have a history of cancer treatment. ...Read more

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I have pcos and I had a microscopic surgery. But since the surgery I have never got any period.(2years). Now I am taking 7seas trying for a baby. Do I?

I have pcos and I had a microscopic surgery. But since the surgery I have never got any period.(2years). Now I am taking 7seas trying for a baby. Do I?

Ovulation: With PCOS and a lack of periods. It sounds like you are not ovulating. You will need to see your obgyn or a fertility doctor to assist you and trigger ovulation. Taking Folic acid (contained in prenatal vitamins) is a good idea but it will not help with ovulation ...Read more

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I haven't had my period for 14 months...Always had problems with it. Am 35 now but i want to have babies...What can I do. Am afraid to not have kids?

I haven't had my period for 14 months...Always had problems with it. Am 35 now but i want to have babies...What can I do. Am afraid to not have kids?

Ovulation issue: You are not ovulating. Either you have early ovarian failure (early menopause) or you have what is known as polycystic ovarian syndrome, which simply means you don't ovulate. You need hormone studies to evaluate why before deciding if that is this common reason. ...Read more

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I am being tested for polycythemia vera. Doc thinks I have it. If I do have it and since i didn't start treatment yet, can I still get a nose job?

I am being tested for polycythemia vera. Doc thinks I have it. If I do have it and since i didn't start treatment yet, can I still get a nose job?

You should not.: P. Vera can cause abnormal blood clots to form and this can lead to a risk of pulmonary embolism while you are having surgery. You should not proceed with elective cosmetic surgery until the condition has been ruled out. ...Read more

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Hi I was wondering if I took the HPV injection Gardasil when I was 18 and now I'm 25 is it possible to have HPV warts? Because I have lesions not sure

Hi I was wondering if I took the HPV injection Gardasil when I was 18 and now I'm 25 is it possible to have HPV warts? Because I have lesions not sure

Yes...but: There are 2 strains of wart producing HPV included in the vaccine & from these you should have protection, unfortunately there are at least 2 other strains associated with genital warts. If you didn't complete the full series, your benefit from the 1st dose may be gone. Your lesions may also be something other than HPV. ...Read more

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I have had a pacemaker since jan 2009, I have not seen any doctors since and I smoke, how much longer will I live??

I have had a pacemaker since jan 2009, I have not seen any doctors since and I smoke, how much longer will I live??

See your doctor : No doctor can tell you how much longer you have to live. It is always a good idea to have regular check-ups at least on an annual basis. You may want to see a cardiologist to check your pacemaker. Don't ignore your health. You deserve to live as long as possible. Don't put it off. Go see your doctor. Best wishes to you for a long healthy life! ...Read more

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Should i get an HPV vaccine even if i might have HPV I have never broken out but my ex has it?

Should i get an HPV vaccine even if i might have HPV I have never broken out but my ex has it?

Yes, definitely: Assuming, of course, that you are under age 26, you should definitely get it even if you might have it from contact with your ex. There are different strains of hpv, some cause pre-cancer some don't, but you definitely can be vaccinated against the strains that you might not already have come in contact with. Don't hesitate, as definitely worth the benefit. ...Read more

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I had my spleen out, should I still have to take ivig treatments?

I had my spleen out, should I still have to take ivig treatments?

Incomplete info: To answer your question, we need to know the medical problem that necessitated these interventions. Please re-ask your question but provide more complete information. I suspect you have itp but need to know for sure. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with hepatitis a recently. I had it 30 years ago. Why are my blood tests positive if you can't have it twice?

I have been diagnosed with hepatitis a recently. I had it 30 years ago. Why are my blood tests positive if you can't have it twice?

Depends on accuracy: There are several types of antibodies. Igg antibodies provide lifelong immunity and prevent re-infection. You may have a pos. Test now that is the igg measure. This will be positive for lifetime, and provides life-long immunity. The igm antibody is the acute phase measure that demonstrates acute infection. Identify wh/ test you had that was positive now, and in the past. ...Read more

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I was exposed to someone who had gastro over 3 days ago and I am not sick. I haven't seen them since is there a chance I can still get it or not ?

I was exposed to someone who had gastro over 3 days ago and I am not sick. I haven't seen them since is there a chance I can still get it or not ?

Still a small chance: These infections usually incubate over a two to three day period, so you're almost out of the woods. If you don't have any symptoms by tomorrow, then you're probably OK. ...Read more

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I have a immun disease known as itp . Right now I have it over 15 years and i really want to know if myn disease ever can been cured? (completely)

Yes it can be cured: Itp is a well known disease which has many treatments for controlling it. You need to tell us more about your past treatments. Then we can answer your question better. ...Read more

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I had surgery last year and now I have a keloid on my stomach. I am now pregnant, do I need to worry about it as I get bigger?

I had surgery last year and now I have a keloid on my stomach. I am now pregnant, do I need to worry about it as I get bigger?

Possibly: It depends on whether this is a true keloid or a hypertrophic scar. The difference is sometimes not clear, but a keloid generally extends beyond the limits of the original scar, the ht scar does not. If the scar is just thickened, the stretching of the abdomen with pregnancy may actually thin it out. I wouldn't be too concerned about this. ...Read more

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I had pelvic inflamatory disease and i want to know if i can have children I have been trying for 1 year 10 months?

I had pelvic inflamatory disease and i want to know if i can have children I have been trying for 1 year 10 months?

Consultation time: Time to consult with your ob/gyn or get a referral to a fertility center. Both you & your partner need to be evaluated. There are many possible issues & many available solutions. ...Read more

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What to do if i had the gardasil vaccine years before my hpv. Can i still have oral hpv?

What to do if i had the gardasil vaccine years before my hpv. Can i still have oral hpv?

Yes: There are many different types of the hpv virus and Gardasil only helps to protect against 4 of the types. ...Read more

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I have genital warts, they seem to be spreading badly . I took the shots and got tested but nothing I happening, I can't afford surgery. What can I do?

I have genital warts, they seem to be spreading badly . I took the shots and got tested but nothing I happening, I can't afford surgery. What can I do?

Genital warts: hello~ unfortunately there is only 2 ways to adequately deal with genital warts and that is burning them off with liquid nitrogen and using high energy Hyphricator to burn them off.Both will require a general anesthesia because of the extensive nature of the lesions. If you leave them they will most likely get worse, so my advice is have them surgically treated asap (ps: I grew up in Kitwe !) thks ...Read more

Dr. Mike Bowman
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Skin Cancer (Definition)

A condition in which some element of your skin--which is one of the most complex organs in the body--degenerates into cancer. The three most common types of skin cancer are: basal cell, squamous cell, and melanoma which occur in that order and degree of aggressiveness. Although heredity plays a major role, sun exposure and tobacco use and ...Read more


Dr. Travis Kidner
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Melanoma (Definition)

Cancer of the melanocyte cells. Melanocyte cells determine the color of your skin. Although these cells are primarily found in your skin, they can also be found in the bowel ...Read more